- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Mill Mountain Star will be turned off for just the second time in 10 years.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1HIYM5p) reports the giant illuminated sign will be turned off Saturday in honor of one of its co-creators, Roy Cornelius Kinsey Jr., who died Nov. 23.

The last time the star was darkened was on the night of the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings.

Additionally, in the past 15 years, the star’s lighting has been changed just three times. It was changed for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, for the Virginia Tech shootings and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

City Manager Chris Morrill says Saturday will be the first time the star will be darkened in honor of a specific individual.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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